U2's thirteenth studio album Songs Of Innocence
was released for free download via iTunes this week (with surprisingly good reviews and some naysayers
). And of course, some controversy about how it was distributed
... But it's been 5 1/2 years since the release of their last album. What on earth have they been up in the meantime? [more inside]
Ever heard of the Voice-O-Graph
? Just STEP IN
and RECORD YOUR OWN VOICE
! RECORDING PLAYED BACK AND DELIVERED TO YOU WITHIN TWO MINUTES
! And now, thanks to benevolent rock god Jack White, you can do it TODAY
Third Man Records, the US label owned by Jack White, is collaborating with Document Records
to release vinyl-only remastered versions of blues artists
. Document Records, run by Gary and Gillian Atkinson in Scotland, holds the largest known pre-1945 blues, jazz and country archive in the world, with 900 titles and around 25,000 tracks. [more inside]
The Ceiling Janus.
Just a beautifully designed ceiling-mounted rotating speaker, for instant room-filling psychedelia at the turn of a knob. [more inside]
Conan O'Brien's 75-minute discussion with Jack White
In which they discuss their early friendship, shared Catholic values, and Jack's love of upholstery.
A new Google Chrome experiment showcasing WebGL.
Is Dexter Romweber
about to finally get his due
? One of the great underground geniuses
of rock, in the late 1980s and early 90s
Romweber fronted The Flat Duo Jets
. Their brand of raw, pared-down rockabilly
and influential, if never commercially viable
. Now Jack White, who has always acknowledged
his musical indebtedness to Romweber, has produced a new 7" EP
(in addition, a new album
, not produced by White, features Exene Cervenka, Chan Marshall, and Neko Case). Romweber seems poised
to receive some long overdue recognition
. It's about time
A Chicago DJ broke the Icky Thump silence and Jack White's heart in the process.
received a presumably illegal copy of the White Stripes' new album and aired the entire thing (a week after the first single's video
hit the internet, weeks before the official June 19 release and well before the album had even become prominent on the shadow internet
). According to Electra, Jack White called from Spain to sternly reprimand her. In an instant, hearts were crushed and pirates emboldened as the album's radio rip spread through the back channels of the web.
"Who is this Loretta Lynn chick, anyway?". Jack White
, in a skintight, red cowboy suit
, seemed a little nervous when he came out to introduce his opening act. So nervous, in fact, that the White Stripes frontman offered a cautionary preface of sorts to the massive huddle of young fans at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York. "Now I want you all to be very nice to my next guest. I think she's the greatest female singer-songwriter of the 20th century
,". The crowd looked around at each other, visibly puzzled.
, Loretta Lynn
has found her Rick Rubin
. Finally. Much like the producer who revitalized
Johnny Cash's career
with spare, homespun recordings
, White has raised the notion of Loretta Lynn
as a hip, renegade country artist. The transformation is of the same magnitude as Emmylou Harris's ethereal work with Daniel Lanois
in the mid-'90s.
The White Stripes
will be appearing on Late Night with Conan O'Brien
, for the entire week, starting tonight. The band is promoting their new album called Elephant.
For anyone in "the know," it's no secret that Jack + Meg White
are not brother and sister but actually are a divorced couple posing as siblings. Glorious Noise
has posted a copy of their marriage certificate.
But aren't we all brothers and sisters in rock n' roll?